Conceptual Imagery - Culture:Subculture
Pilgrimage to the Subliminal


Located at El Santuario de Chimayo, in Chimayo, New Mexico, pilgrims place chewing gum in the form of the cross onto rocks surrounding the sanctuary.

Something of note, many visitors to the sanctuary take a small amount of the "holy dirt" in hopes of a miraculous cure for themselves or someone who could not make the trip. In the past, they often ate the dirt. Likewise pilgrims to the original shrine of Esquipulas ate the supposedly curative clay found there. Today, seekers of cures more commonly rub themselves with the dirt. The Church replaces the dirt in the "pocito" from the nearby hillsides, sometimes more than once a day, for a total of about 25 or 30 tons a year.

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